How to Choose A Good Data Recovery Software for Mac?

Data recovery is needed when you cannot access your data in a normal way. For example, you mistakenly deleted some important data on Mac and then emptied the Trash. Or your external disk suddenly became corrupted before you could make any backup. In most data loss cases, people will need well-programmed Mac data recovery software to retrieve data. However, among a handful of data recovery tools, how do you know which one is the best to fulfil your needs?

We will review data recovery software for Mac from four angles. If you agree with us, we also provide a recommendation.

Success rate

We believe the success rate of data recovery is the most important criterion for data recovery software. If it cannot help us recover our important photos, videos, documents and other files with a high level of success rate, it is a waste of time and money no matter how many other fancy features it has. However, we also hope readers to understand that data recovery is a complicated process and restrained by a lot of factors. No data recovery software can guarantee a 100% data recovery.

We also recommend installing data recovery software on a Mac and running the scanning first before we finally purchase it, because after scanning we will be able to preview the files to know if they are recoverable. If most of our files cannot be previewed, the files must be corrupted. As a result, data recovery is no help for us.

Excellent usability

 The simpler the interface is, the better we rate the software. However, simplicity doesn’t mean that the software is lack of needed functionalities. We like the data recovery software packs its rich features in a user-friendly interface, which helps us conduct data recovery efficiently and even without any experience. On top of simple data recovery procedures, we think highly of all the supporting features too such as instant full content preview, various file filters, and save scanned results for later recovery.

All-in-one data recovery solution

 Data loss scenarios are countless. Important information could be out of our reach due to accidental deletion, sudden system crash, malware attacks, disk aging or any other unknown reasons. It could happen to any storage media including desktops, laptops, hard drives, SD cards, USB flash drives, and memory sticks. Therefore, we need a data recovery tool to be able to deal with every single data loss situation. Especially for data recovery on Mac running macOS 10.13 and above, we want the software to have the ability to get back data from APFS or encrypted APFS volumes. In addition, the capability of data recovery from an unbootable Mac is a necessity too in case one day our Mac is dead somehow.


Another criterion that most of us will care for a lot is the price. There are some free data recovery software out there, but we don’t recommend using them to get back extremely important files. Some of them could overwrite data on our disk, resulting in unrecoverable files. Paid data recovery software is more reliable and powerful by any means. All of them support free downloading and scanning, and we can recover data for free with a size limitation.

We recommend iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

 iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is an all-in-one data recovery tool for Mac users. It helps recover deleted or lost data from different storage devices, even if they are formatted, corrupted, unreadable or unmountable on Mac. It can recover over 1000 types of files with high success rate. Users can recover data for free up to 1GB and it comes with a reasonable price if users want to upgrade to advanced editions.

Besides, it is the best APFS data recovery software as far as we know. It can recover data from APFS and encrypted APFS disks. Moreover, it can find deleted or lost APFS partitions and restore data from them.

At last, the software is also powerful in recovering data from an unbootable Mac. It provides two solutions. The one is directly launching the software from iBoysoft’s server in Recovery Mode on the unbootable Mac. The other solution is to create a bootable drive and recover data using iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

This software is fully compatible with macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.


Have you tried out iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac before? If you have, share your experience with us. If not, try it out today to see if it meets your expectations.




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